Archive for Thursday, September 14, 2006

Autumn in the Grove

September 14, 2006

The newest annual event in Lansing is called "Autumn in the Grove."

This gala affair is to be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, in Kelly Grove Park. A fall theme is in order and there will be food, music and many fun events for the whole family. This will give everyone a chance to take a good look at our new park. I know you will want to come to see just what that place is all about.

Join in a variety of favorites including pumpkin decorating, a scarecrow contest, apple cider, caramel apples, candle making, a children's petting zoo, crafts, a bonfire, farmers market, apple dumplings, face painting, story telling, many great food booths, pancake breakfast and homemade doughnuts. There will also be artisan demonstrations, including my creation of a clay sculpture and teachings about the lost wax process.

Kelly Grove Park is on the corner of East Gilman Road and U.S. Highway 73. There is a new entrance to the lower portion of the park on Gilman Road, thanks to the Linaweaver Construction Co. Parking will be in the McIntyre-Mann Carpet One parking lot across the street to the north.

According to letters my dad wrote, in August 1922 there were two large two-day picnics at Kelly's Grove. These were probably annual affairs. One was the Woodmen Picnic and the other the Catholic Church Picnic. There were many dances there and local men helped set up the dance floor. It was a popular place back then, and at times even carnival rides parked there. In my early teens it was a great place to camp out by Seven-Mile Creek.

Back then, the Carnahan family was happy to let the townspeople use this area. Now the land has been donated to the city for a park, and I am excited about our modern-day families having an opportunity to spend a day there with their friends and neighbors.

Please put Oct. 14 on your calendar and join in the fun.

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