City kicks off 1st fall festival
Lansing kicks off its first-ever fall festival this weekend with "Autumn in the Grove."
But it could just as easily be called "Artists in the Grove," "Storytellers in the Grove," "Crafting in the Grove," or any of the many other activities "in the Grove."
Organizers of the event, which will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, in Kelly Grove Park, have a full lineup of events and activities for the day.
"Everything is falling into place," said Lorraine Gluch, an assistant in the city's Economic Development/Convention and Visitors Bureau and one of the festival's organizers. "It should be a lot of fun, especially if the weather cooperates - and it sounds like it should be just a perfect October day."
Ask Gluch about the lineup for the day, and she rattles off a litany of festivities: live music from the Festhaus-Musikanten band, the Don Lipovac Orchestra and Paul Pawlush on accordion; demonstrations by three generations of the Young family of artists, Gene Young, Michael Young and Eric Hoins; a mini farmers market; pumpkin painting; storytelling; a scarecrow contest; crafting; and plenty of seasonal food and drink.
Gluch said city officials had kicked around the idea for a fall festival for a while, but it started to gather steam last year.
"People kept asking us, 'Do you guys ever do a fall festival?' and 'Wouldn't it be neat if we had a fall festival?'"
The brainstorming came after November 2004, when the city cut the ribbon on its newest park, Kelly Grove, near Kansas Highway 7 and East Gilman Road.
"We decided this would be a great way to introduce the community to Kelly Grove Park," Gluch said. "It's such a neat setting with the leaves turning colors and falling. It should be fun."
Darlene Dean, Lansing Community Library librarian, has pulled together a lineup of storytellers for the day: Jean Hatfield, a former librarian in Leavenworth Public Schools; Lynette Trotter, a Lansing resident and art teacher who has been involved in the bicentennial re-enactment of the Lewis and Clark expedition; and John Reichley, former visitor coordinator for the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth. Dean also said she would take part in the storytelling.
Area clubs are joining in the activities:
¢ The Lansing Lions Club will conduct an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast prior to the festival, from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., in the Lansing Community Center, 800 First Terrace.
¢ Lansing Kiwanis Club will sell doughnuts during the festival.
¢ The Women's Division of the Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce will operate a beer tent.
¢ Lansing Historical Society will sell caramel apples.
¢ Boling 4-H Club will sell apple dumplings.
¢ Leavenworth Rotary Club will sell popcorn.
¢ Leavenworth County Historical Society will sell pumpkins and mums.
¢ A Girl Scout troop from Weston, Mo., will sell materials to make cornhusk dolls and offer assistance in constructing them.
Businesses also are joining: High Noon Saloon will offer root beer, sausages and bratwurst, while Heimhof Winery will have wine-tastings.
Gluch noted there would be plenty of parking available to festivalgoers. McIntyre-Mann Carpet One is making its lot available, as will be the school bus barn parking lot and another area north of McIntyre-Mann.
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