OUT AND ABOUT by Norm Stutesman
Some weekends are busier than others, as far as things to do here in St. Joe County. This next weekend promises to be one of the busier ones. Friday, October 15 is Homecoming for alumni of Three Rivers High School. The Homecoming Parade steps off at 5 P.M. from the intersection of Kelsey Street and North Main Street in Three Rivers. The parade will work its way south on Main Street to Michigan Avenue and then head east on Michigan Avenue to Armstrong Field, where the Wildcats will take on Comstock and bring their standings to four wins and four losses. The Wildcats cannot win this game without the support of their many fans, so be there for the 7 P.M. kickoff.
What about Friday evening supper? No worries! The United Methodist Church will offer a chili, hot dog, and soup supper from 4:30 until 6:30 at the church located at the intersection of Kelsey and North Main Streets. What a perfect opportunity to grab a bite to eat and enjoy the Homecoming Parade. The cost is $5 for adults, and if you’re a child under 12, it will only cost you $2.50.
If you have no interest in Homecoming, you’ll be happy to know that the Three Rivers Community Players will celebrate the opening night performance of THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED). This production opens Friday, October 15, with more performances on October 16, 17, 22, 23, and 24. The Friday and Saturday curtain times are 8 P.M., with the Sunday matinees beginning at 2 P.M. Adult tickets are $13 and the price for students and senior citizens is $12. Tickets are currently available at Beam Sound and Video. Phone Rodney at (269)279-6251. Tickets will also be available at the door, but as always, advance purchase is always recommended. The Three Rivers Community Players’ Theatre is located at 15526 Millard Road in Three Rivers, which is directly west of, or behind, Dairy Queen. For more information, please visit the Players’ website at www.trcommunityplayers.org, or join them on Facebook.
For you hunters, deer season opens soon, so you might want to take advantage of the Hunter Safety Class that will run October 21, 22 and 23. The class will be held at the St. Joseph County Conservation Club, located on Featherstone Road, just east of Shimmel Road near Centreville. Registration for this FREE class will take place this Thursday evening, October 14, from 6:30 to 7:30 at the Conservation Club. Upon completion of the class, the students will receive a state-issued certificate of completion. The hours for this three-day class are from 5:30 P.M. to 9 P.M. on October 21 and 22 and from 8 A.M. until 1 P.M. on Saturday, October 23. More information will be available at registration. Because of the dates of this class, it will be a popular event, so being there for registration on October 14 is extremely important. Whether you are a new hunter or a seasoned veteran, this class will be worth your time.
Sunday, October 17, is the annual Three Rivers Area Fall Color Tour. The tour runs from noon until 5 P.M., and there are a lot of places to visit during this short period of time. The Fall Color Tour is hosted by local businesses, St. Joseph County Parks, and the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce. I don’t have enough space left in this column to tell you all about the many attractions, so you’ll want to stop by the Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce office, 57 North Main Street in downtown Three Rivers, and pick up a guide listing all of the stops along the tour. This information is also available at the Chamber website at www.trchamber.org. Please take note of those sponsors of the tour and, if the opportunity presents itself, thank them for providing a fantastic way to spend a fall afternoon with the family.
As part of the Fall Color Tour, St. John’s Lutheran Church will host a Comfort Food Dinner Sunday, October 17 from 11:33 A.M. until 1:30 P.M. The church is located at 56050 Buckhorn Road, north of Three Rivers. The menu includes scalloped potatoes and ham, spaghetti with meat sauce, chicken and noodles, or macaroni and cheese. Each dinner includes a tossed salad and coffee or tea. The price is only $7, and takeout is available. Proceeds from the dinner go toward gift Christmas baskets.
There is definitely plenty to do this next weekend. See you Out and About!
Submitted by Norm Stutesman