Archive for Thursday, October 8, 2009

Celebrating the fall season

October 8, 2009

There are so many wonderful things going on this time of year. I like "sweatshirt" weather, when the air is cooling down in the mornings and evenings but the afternoons are pleasant. The trees are turning to beautiful bronze and red colors. There are pumpkin patches and apple orchards to visit and enjoy.

This brings me to our own fourth annual Autumn in the Grove, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, at East Gilman Road and Kansas Highway 7. Parking is graciously provided across the street by the Crossroads United Methodist Church. The vendors that arrive between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. will be assisted by city employees with carts to carry in the heavy items.

Each year this gets bigger and better, and there is something for everyone to enjoy. Live German music by Festhaus-Musikanten and Celtic/folk music from Tullamore will be provided throughout the day. There will be food, including apple dumplings, caramel apples, homemade doughnuts, nachos and lots more. Also drinks such as cider, water and soda, and a wonderful farmers market A big bonfire where children and adults can gather around for story telling. The children can show off their crafts and decorate pumpkins. A plein-air art demonstration, scarecrow contest, historical items and photos to browse through. For early risers the Lions Club is having a pancake breakfast at the Community Center starting at 8 a,m.

When I was a kid we referred to this park and Kelly's Grove. It belonged to the Carnahan family and was used by the people in our area as many as 90 to 100 years ago. I can remember my parents talking about going to dances there in 1919 and 1920 when they were first married. Several organizations had dances and two-day festivities along with carnival rides for the children. As a teenager I went for over night camping with friends. There is a lot of history that goes along with this special park.

We have special guests coming who are members of the Carnahan family that donated the property to Lansing. Come out to meet them and make them feel welcome along with a big "thank you".

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