Out and About – Week of October 18th

The weather cooperated with us for this last weekend. Norman Rockwell could have done a fall portrait almost anywhere in St. Joseph County.

Homecoming was a complete success, if my opinion matters. Friday’s parade was worth coming out to watch. The floats were filled with imagination, and school spirit was abundant. The weather was perfect for playing football, and the Wildcats showed Comstock how a team should move down the field and come away victorious. The Wildcats’ final game of the regular season is at Vicksburg this Friday, October 22. We have lost four and won four. Let’s all get over to Vicksburg and support the Wildcats and round out the season a winner. Remember, if you can’t get out to the game, you can always catch the game on WRCI-FM, 94.7. Tim and Jason will be giving the play-by-play starting at 7 P.M.

The autumn weather stayed around, so the annual Fall Color Tour was definitely worth getting Out and About. Local merchants and the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce deserve a huge round of applause for putting together this family-oriented event. Kudos to you all!

Starting yesterday, October 18, leaf pickup in the Three Rivers area is now underway. The Department of Public Services will pick up leaves only, so don’t mix the leaves with brush or tree branches. Do not put leaves in bags, but rather place them curbside. I remember the days when we were allowed to burn leaves. Those days are gone and so is the aroma of burning leaves, unless you travel the countryside of St. Joe County.

The Three Rivers Community Players’ production of THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE…(ABRIDGED) winds up its performances this coming weekend. Performances are October 22, 23. and 24. Curtain time for Friday and Saturday is 8 P.M., and the Sunday matinee begins at 2 P.M. Tickets are available at Beam Sound & Video. Phone Rodney at (269)279-6251. There still might be tickets available at the door, but advance purchase is always recommended.

A week from tonight, Tuesday, October 26, the Three Rivers Community Schools’ Music Department will present their annual Fall Vocal Music Concert at the Three Rivers High School Performing Arts Center. The concert begins at 7 P.M., and admission is FREE. As I’ve often said, it is very important that everyone get out and support our students in the arts. Remember also, that it’s proper etiquette to stay for the entire concert and not get up and leave after your child’s performance. In my mind, it’s downright rude.

Gray’s Community Band, under the direction of Andrew Hagenbuch, will present a concert Sunday, October 24, at 3 P.M. at the First Church of God, 17398 M-86 in Three Rivers. This is east of the American Legion. This concert is in remembrance of Thomas Gray, founder of the band. “Salute the Duke”, Tango for Band”, and “A Tribute to Glenn Miller” are just some of the arrangements you’ll hear. The concert is FREE, but donations are always welcome. Don’t for forget to partake of the refreshments after the concert. If you’d like more information about the concert, or are interested in becoming a member of the band, please phone (269)244-1014.

The stage lights will be on at the Spirit Rhythms Coffee House this Saturday evening, October 23, as the coffee house welcomes the Evidence Jazz Group. The beat begins at 7 P.M. Performances at Spirit Rhythms are FREE, but donations are gladly accepted. Fair trade coffees and teas, plus plenty of tasty desserts, are available for purchase. Spirit Rhythms Coffee House is located inside St. John’s Lutheran Church, north of Three Rivers on Buckhorn Road. There is so much talent available to witness here in St. Joseph County. This is a perfect way to spend an autumn evening.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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