Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Opinion

January 4, 2013

Goshen has become center for the arts

The picture in Thursday’s Goshen News brought back memories, and made us smile.

“Pupils rehearse for ‘Aida’” read the headline on Page A3, and the photo underneath showed four of them doing just that. Amber Wilkins, Alexis Alcala, Sammy Coates and Sarah Buchanan were in character — respectively as Princess Amneris and her handmaidens — preparing for the upcoming production at West Noble High School.

The “Aida” shot made us a tad nostalgic for high school, at least the fun parts. And it cheered us that the young women in the photo appeared to be having a good time.

We were also inspired to do some impromptu research, the Thursday edition of The News serving as a handy guide. The results of this investigation were favorable.

Simply put, The Goshen News readership area is brimming with arts, entertainment and culture. That’s welcome news for the community, and a boon to the newspaper privileged to promote local events.

In addition to the West Noble show, here’s a sampling from Thursday’s paper:

• Don Blosser, minister and retired professor of Bible and religion, is set to sign copies of his new book today at Better World Books in downtown Goshen.

• Speaking of downtown, today is the kickoff for the sixth annual, two-day Fire and Ice Festival. Ice carving, bowls of chili and a bonfire are scheduled. All are valid reasons to brave the cold.

• Elkhart Civic Theatre thespians are gearing up for a production of “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.” Shows open Jan. 11 at the Bristol Opera House on Vistula Street.

At the very least, those searching for something to do in the Goshen area don’t need to look far. We think the story’s bigger than that, though.

The many arts and entertainment offerings are proof of a wide and deep local talent pool. In the case of First Fridays, they’re evidence that organizers with a vision can turn a once sleepy downtown into a destination spot. Student theater productions are a showcase for pupils interested in getting the most out of their school years.

Part of what we do at The Goshen News is highlight the efforts and talents that abound in our community. To that community, we say thanks for making our job easy.

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Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

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