The Glover Park After Dark Series will get you in the Halloween spirit

A brick fountain in Glover Park on Marietta Square. benches surround a circular brick path and a photographer snaps a shot.

Glover Park fountain on Marietta Square (Photo: Larry Felton Johnson/Cobb County Courier]

The inaugural season of the Glover Park After Dark Series continues next Wednesday, October 11 at 6 p.m., with readings guaranteed to get you into the spirit of Halloween.

According to the news release posted on the City of Marietta website, “the evening will be one for the BOOKS.  Book’n It, Georgia Writers, & Department of English at Kennesaw State University will be on site, as well as other great organizations, sharing all things for lovers of books & budding authors.”

The webpage for the series describes what you can expect as follows:

“The Storyteller Series is a once weekly mini event every Wednesday in June and October featuring a family-friendly dramatic reading of a beloved children’s story or literary classic, then, directly after,  a line-up of Open Mic writers/authors/poets showcasing their literary works! Take your lunch break, bring your summer camp programs, visit the park and enjoy the “Literary Lunch Break” edition in June. Then, experience “Glover Park After Dark” where the readings are themed for spooky season in October! The Storyteller Series is poised to be an exciting new edition to Marietta’s year long event line-up. 

“*Note: While Open Mic submissions are required to be family friendly in language, they are not required to be in the content of the material. Please use your discretion when bringing families to this portion of the event.”

Here is the calendar for the remaining three weeks of the October series, reprinted from the City of Marietta website:

October 11th – Featured Reader – TBD

6PM to 6:30PM – Reading of… Stellaluna – Janell Cannon ; How to Catch a Monster – Adam Wallace & Andy Elekerton ; Excerpt of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Washington Irving 

6:30PM to 8PM – Open Mic

October 18th – Featured Reader – TBD

6PM to 6:30PM – Reading of… The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown – Charles Schulz ; The Raven – Edgar Allen Poe

6:30PM to 8PM – Open Mic

October 25th – Featured Reader –  Krystine Torella (Owner/Broker/Realtor of Team Torella Realty)

6PM to 6:30PM – Reading of… Tailypo – Paul Galdone ; Excerpt from Dracula – Bram Stoker

6:30PM to 8PM – Open Mic

For more information –

About the City of Marietta

The City of Marietta is the county seat of Cobb County. The latest estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau puts the population of the city at 60,867 which makes it the second largest city in Cobb County by population, smaller only than the newly incorporated City of Mableton.

Here are a few quick facts from the Census Bureau

Marietta city, Georgia
Population, Census, April 1, 202060972
Population, Census, April 1, 201056579
Age and Sex
Persons under 5 years, percent6.7%
Persons under 18 years, percent21.8%
Persons 65 years and over, percent13.2%
Female persons, percent49.9%
Race and Hispanic Origin
White alone, percent53.4%
Black or African American alone, percent(a)32.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a)0.6%
Asian alone, percent(a)1.9%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent(a)0.0%
Two or More Races, percent4.7%
Hispanic or Latino, percent(b)15.7%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent46.4%
Population Characteristics
Veterans, 2016-20202678
Foreign born persons, percent, 2016-202016.6%
Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2016-202044.0%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2016-2020$310,100
Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2016-2020$1,856
Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2016-2020$526
Median gross rent, 2016-2020$1,145
Families & Living Arrangements
Households, 2016-202024148
Persons per household, 2016-20202.39
Living in same house 1 year ago, percent of persons age 1 year+, 2016-202077.9%
Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2016-202023.7%
Computer and Internet Use
Households with a computer, percent, 2016-202095.1%
Households with a broadband Internet subscription, percent, 2016-202086.6%
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2016-202088.6%
Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2016-202044.0%
With a disability, under age 65 years, percent, 2016-20206.3%
Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent20.2%
In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2016-202067.2%
In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2016-202061.2%
Total accommodation and food services sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c)264544
Total health care and social assistance receipts/revenue, 2012 ($1,000)(c)1584232
Total manufacturers shipments, 2012 ($1,000)(c)1129407
Total retail sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c)1976915
Total retail sales per capita, 2012(c)$33,875
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2016-202028.5
Income & Poverty
Median household income (in 2020 dollars), 2016-2020$59,594
Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2020 dollars), 2016-2020$36,112
Persons in poverty, percent14.1%
All firms, 201210501
Men-owned firms, 20124934
Women-owned firms, 20124186
Minority-owned firms, 20124286
Nonminority-owned firms, 20125502
Veteran-owned firms, 20121015
Nonveteran-owned firms, 20128663
Population per square mile, 20102451.4
Land area in square miles, 201023.08