Archive for Thursday, October 11, 2007

2nd fall festival ready for run in Kelly Grove Park

October 11, 2007

Lorraine Gluch, who is in charge of planning for this year's Autumn in the Grove festival, said she's certain the same mistake won't happen this year that occurred at the inaugural festival in 2006.

"The only complaint was we ran out of food too early last year," Gluch said this week as she was finishing work on the festival, which is slated from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Kelly Grove Park. "We'll have plenty of food this year."

Gluch's belief that festival-goers will have plenty to munch on this year is well-founded: There are more groups participating in the event.

"I was contacted this year by a lot of groups saying they had heard it was very well attended last year and they'd like to be involved this year," she said. And many of those groups will be raising funds by selling food and refreshments.

For example, though it's not officially part of Autumn in the Grove, the Lansing Lions Club is kicking the day off with an "all-you-can-eat" pancake-and-sausage breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Lansing Community Center in the basement of City Hall, 800 First Terrace. Chris Cakes of Louisburg will cater the breakfast.

In the Kelly Park grove, the Women's Division of the Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce will operate a beer tent; the Lansing Veterans of Foreign Wars will sell steamed corn on the cob; Leavenworth Rotary will sell chili; High Noon Saloon will offer bratwurst and homemade root beer. Cub Scouts will sell s'mores kits. Other groups will sell a variety of food and drinks, too.

But enough about food. The daylong festival also will feature an assortment of arts and crafts, music, story-telling and other entertainment.

"I've invited a lot of people to come out, because I truly believe there will be something for everyone," Gluch said.

New this year to the festival is "The Great American Medicine Show," which is performed by a troupe from Concordia, Mo. Three shows will be scheduled throughout the day, with times posted in the park. When the shows aren't being performed, troupe members will be going throughout the park, playing music, playing old-time games with children and performing juggling and magic, Gluch said.

Also performing music will be the Lucky Charms, an Irish folk band, and Festhaus-Musikanten, a polka, waltz and march band.

Gluch said she didn't know how many people attended last year's Autumn in the Grove.

"Last year I was told the parking lot was full of cars," she said. "When you walked around the park, it didn't look crowded, but there was constant flow throughout the day."

She's hoping for an even-better turnout this year.

"It's just a lovely setting in the park. The weather should be great," she said, noting tongue-in-cheek that City Administrator Mike Smith is in charge of the weather.

Kelly Grove Park is on East Gilman Road, just east of Kansas Highway 7. Festival-goers can park their cars at McIntyre Mann Carpet.

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