Hi Eaton Rapids. Summer flew by and we are into many peoples favorite time of the year, fall. Hard to believe that I am sitting in my office and looking out the window at people walking around in shorts and t-shirts. Those will soon give way to jeans and flannel shirts. Can Jack Frost be far behind?
I had the opportunity to participate in the Heritage Festival at the Miller Farm this past weekend. It has been my tradition for several years to re-create my mom’s Great Northern Bean soup for the Festival goers. It comes equipped with a genuine ham bone, great northern beans, carrots, onion, celery, ham soup base, chicken stock and chunks of smoked ham. You can figure out the recipe from there. My mom prided herself on that particular soup and only made it once a year, during the early fall. It was, and to this day is, a crowd-pleaser. Thanks Mom.
Speaking of fall happenings.
The Eaton Rapids High School Homecoming Parade will take place on Friday, October 11th beginning at 6:00 pm. Line up is on S. River St. between E. Knight St. and State St. The parade route is S. River St. to State St and then east on State St. to Greyhound Dr. Main St. will be closed to traffic, as will the adjoining side streets off of State St., beginning at 5:50pm so please adjust your travel plans and come out to support our Greyhounds.
Trick or Treat Main St. will be on Wednesday, October 23rd, from 5 pm until 7 pm with a rain date of Thursday the 24th. Stores and local groups will be offering spooktacular treats to young and old alike. The event is not limited to Main St. Several of the businesses along Hall St and Knight St. will also participate. Grab your ghouls, goblins and superheroes and come on downtown for a fantastic time.
Saturday, October 26th, the Eaton Rapids Area Historical Society will be holding their annual Halloween on the Farm at the Miller Farm on State St. They will have treats, a hayride and movies in the barn. The buildings will be open to tour and food will be available on site. The hours are 5:30 until 7:30 and it is truly a fun event for everybody.
Save the Date. Christmas on the Farm ,courtesy of the Eaton Rapids Area Historical Society, will be on Saturday, December 14th, from 5 pm until 8 pm. You can come out and stroll the historic buildings, warm up at the fire pots, toast marshmallows and enjoy one of my favorites, Peppermint ice Cream, in the Miller Ice Cream Parlor.
I hope you have taken notice that our property maintenance efforts have begun to show results. Several home owners and business owners have taken advantage of grant opportunities and many have just done so because their neighbors have. There are many “face lifts” taking place on Main St. and on residential side streets alike. I truly appreciate all of you that have decided to “make that difference.” Our building officials have been working tirelessly to make sure that the application of the ordinance that was passed by the council is fairly and equally applied in an objective way. If you have received one of the letters about your property and haven’t had the time or money to effect the repairs please contact Leroy Hummel, our building inspector, and work out a plan to do so. You will find that the City of Eaton Rapids is willing to work with you for the betterment of all.
While I still get negative comments about our efforts I receive just as many “thank you’s” from citizens. Many are prefaced with “I just needed an extra push to get it done.”
As we move towards the Holidays try and remember those around you. How much they mean to you. Don’t get lost in the hurry and scurry that seems to surround us. The media blitz, the drive to get there first, the standing in line on Thanksgiving night so you can get the latest and greatest.
As always, continue to make Eaton Rapids a wondrous place to call home.