You never know what the weather is going to be like in October in the Chicago area.
Well, you never really know what the weather will be like at any time, but I think October is one of our more unpredictable months. It could be snowing or it could be summer-like. Unfortunately, Mother Nature was not very cooperative for Lansing’s first Autumn Fest, but it didn’t damper the spirits of the volunteers, vendors or visitors.
I, like many of those in Lansing, recall fun festivals held on the Knights of Columbus grounds. Summerfest and the Lions Club steak fry were some of the highlights of the year and it just feels like something has been missing since those fests disappeared. I was so happy earlier this year to hear that plans were in place for a new festival. The fest utilized space in the downtown area, including the vacant lot that was once the home of Fox Lumber and before that businesses owned by the Krumm family. It was wonderful to see this blank space transformed for three days to a lively gathering place.
Attendance on the first evening of the fest exceeded expectations as fest volunteers scrambled to replenish the food supplies so the grills could keep up with the demand. A German band played in the background as residents gathered under a large tent with beer and bratwurst.
Saturday was a soggy one, causing cancellation of the car show and historical walk, but crowds still came out to see kids from the local middle school choirs and band, play bingo, make scarecrows, shop at vendor tents and have a bite to eat.
Sunday started off clear, but scattered showers and high winds caused a little trouble later on. However, the morning program went on honoring veterans with the presentation of colors, reading of World War II letters, drill team performance and music by the Legacy Girls. A touching ceremony of the Pillars of Honor took place indoors that afternoon at T.F. South and the fest finished with a chili cook-off.
Hats off to the festival committee for all their hard work and to all the volunteers that made it such a great weekend. I can’t wait until next year.
Shout out to the Lions
In a previous Autumn Fest column I mistakenly referred to the Knights of Columbus steak fry. Although it was held at Knights of Columbus, it was the dedicated members of the Lions Club who did all the organizing, planning and cooking for this popular festival. Thanks for the Lions for hosting that event for so many years and for all the work they continue to do in the community.
T.F. South presents "Hairspray"
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the T.F. South Rebel Players will present the Tony-award winning musical "Hairspray." Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at the door for $8 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, and $5 for students 12 and under. I’ve been to many productions of the T.F. South Drama Department over the years and the musicals are always top notch.
The drama kids are also participating in the Trick or Treat so Kids Can Eat food drive again through the International Thespian Society. If a student didn’t stop at your house to collect a donation this month, feel free to drop off nonperishable food items at the visitor desk at T.F. South High School. Last year more than 2,000 pounds of food was collected and all donations stay in the community. The recipient of the food drive is the Lansing Food Pantry.