Here we are Portage, the first week of October. A time when all the farmers in the Midwest are out in their fields way into the wee hours of the night harvesting that which was sowed in the spring.
Many festivals have been planned over the years to celebrate the harvest which brings me to get the news out about our Portage Parks and Recreation Department’s 2013 Harvest Festival Fine Arts Fair.
The event is this weekend, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Woodland Park, Oakwood Hall Grand Hall, 2100 Willowcreek Road. A juried art show with many talented artists will be on hand showing and selling their hand-crafted wares.
Wine, cheese and chocolate tasting will have you salivating and wonderful entertainment will be going on both days.
Come on out and enjoy the harvest of art, food and entertainment. For more information, call (219) 762-1675.
I also want to let everyone know that you may be getting a knock on your door starting this Sunday by some from the Portage First United Methodist Church. It’s time for their Stepping Out and Stopping Hunger that they do twice a year in our community to help stock the shelves of our Portage Food Pantry.
If you receive a grocery bag, please try to fill it with non-perishable items for our pantry and the member will even make arrangements to come and pick it up and get it to the pantry for you. Help stomp out hunger in Portage Township.
Lastly, I want to concentrate on all the great Portage High School Alumni happenings this week. While we just had Homecoming 2013 last week at the high school, be prepared to see many familiar faces this week around Portage coming from as far as New Mexico, Texas, Mississippi, Washington, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Colorado, California and Hawaii.
Thursday kicks off the festivities with a Pre Reunion Party at the American Legion Post 260. It starts off with a great spaghetti dinner for a mere $5 a person. Short Circuit Band will be on at 8 with all the sounds you love. Bring snacks to share with everyone.
Friday has the Portage Historical Society welcoming all Portage Alumni to check out all their memorabilia at all their buildings that will be open especially for them from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Countryside Park, 5250 U.S6. Check out the Alton Goin Museum, Trager homestead and barn. At 1 p.m. the group will be showing highlights from the 1994 D.A.C. Football 5A State Runner Up Portage Indians season.
To round out the Alumni weekend will be the Portage High School Multiyear Dinner Dance this Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Duneland Falls. All classes from 1988 or before are welcome. A special alumni, Hazel Bradford, class of 1933 will be attending with her son Roger Bradford, class of 1963 and her daughter Madeline, class of 1954. How many people do you know that make it to their 80th class reunion? For more information on this special time call (219) 926-6658. It’s a great weekend to be and Indian and as always, Portage rocks!
This column solely represents the writer's opinion.