Goshen News, Goshen, IN

October 5, 2013

A FALL HOMECOMING

Summer temps heat up fall First Fridays

By SHERRY VAN ARSDALL
THE GOSHEN NEWS

— GOSHEN — Abbiey Polhemus added pieces of purple and pink ribbon to the top of the miniature pumpkin she decorated Friday.

The 9-year-old placed some Halloween stickers around her pumpkin at the pumpkin decorating on the Courthouse lawn for October First Fridays Homecoming in downtown Goshen.

“It’s fun,” Abbiey said, smiling.

Goshen College’s Lavender Jazz entertained the crowds of people of all ages enjoying the summer-like weather of 79 degrees in early October.

The Heartland Country Cloggers wiped the sweat off their brows after performing for a crowd at The Local on Fifth Street with their clogging to traditional and contemporary music.

They are based out of Northern Indiana and started in 1994 with just eight members, and now have grown to more than 24 performers in ages 5 to 70 with many of them being multi-generational.

“We have three generations in the group now,” said Brigitta Adkins, Syracuse. “I’ve been with the group for six years. It’s good exercise and I enjoy the camaraderie we have in the group.”

Kathleen Cripe of New Paris has been a member for a year.

“I’m still learning. We practice weekly and all you have to know is the difference between your right foot and left foot. Everything starts on the left foot,” Cripe said. “It’s fun, recreational and good exercise.”

Down a couple blocks at the First Presbyterian Church, 215 E. Lincoln Avenue, a Blessing of the Pets took place as well.

Brandon Palmer and Chantel Gunn were feeding treats to their white short-haired cat Smokey.

“We found him along the side of the road about six months ago and thought this is pretty cool,” Palmer said. “It’s good for pets to be around people and other pets. This is fun.”

Katrina Maust, the First Fridays coordinator for downtown Goshen, was pleased with the weather and the crowds of people.

“It’s good and there’s lots of good things. The helicopter rides are new and the pumpkin decorating is packed,” Maust said. “People enjoyed listening to Lavender Jazz last year and they got everybody involved. October is one of my favorite times.”