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I took a bunch of photographs at this year’s Fall Festival.  I’m not sure why, but most of them were from the car show.  I’ve been busy the last few weeks with a job change — coming in the next few weeks — and a myriad of personal responsibilities.  Still, people might like some of these pics, untimely as they are.

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OK, it’s not here just yet, but, it will be here before you know it.  If you’ve followed this blog over the last few years, you might have read that Fall Festival is my favorite of all the festivals and annual downtown events … by far.

In case you were unaware, Fall Festival is a charitable event at its core.  When you at the spaghetti dinner, pancake breakfast and/or the Sunday chicken dinner, you’re supporting local civic organizations.

https://plymouthliving.wordpress.com/2009/09/08/fall-festivals-humble-beginnings/

Check out the Fall Festival webpage, with a list of events.

http://www.plymouthfallfestival.com/

From americajr.com

From patrickandcarrie.com

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Here are some of the sights from last weekend’s first annual Pumpkinpalooza.  The Chamber of Commerce and local businesses switched up the downtown Halloween event this year.  In years past, local businesses put out candy for store-to-store trick-or-treating.  The manager of one very prominent business owner told me that aspects of the past events actually hindered downtown business patronage.  To bring people downtown, and give the kids something fun to do for the upcoming holiday, the community put together Pumpkinpalooza which is more like a mini-festival.  By all accounts, it went over quite well.  It’s obvious from the photos that people had a great time and they lucked out with good weather.

Enjoy the photos (used by permission of Sonia Tomassi and borrowed from the Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page)

Gorilla and banana family

Hula hoopster

Handsome stoplight

Liam the light

Giant S'more

Fred, Scooby and the Mystery Machine

H_ppy H_ll_ _ een Hangman. I wonder what it spells.

 

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In drizzly weather, the streets of downtown Plymouth were bustling with groups of people walking all over town.  Everyone, wisely, had umbrellas.  The crowd was made up of mostly couples, and many groups of couples.  Not that age matters, but this was not a younger (teen, twenty-something crowd.)  A lot of folks seemed to be in the 50’s or over.

I hadn’t heard of any downtown events, so I was surprised to see people braving the window and cool air in numbers considerably higher than the typical fall Wednesday evening.

Any ideas of what was going on?  My guess was some sort of restaurant or pub crawl type thing.

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This, admittedly, is a story with national implications that are far greater on that scale than the local issues our on the local scale.  But, it is an issue that could significantly impact our community, especially since the downtown USPS branch is up for sale and, from what I’ve heard, not viable from an economic point of view.  I also bring this up in follow-up to an earlier post.

In short, the entire United State Postal Service could be out of business by winter.  Clearly, that would be more gas on the fire of the economic crisis we face as a nation, making it even that much harder to climb out of the current depression.  Sadly, this could mean that if cuts are necessary to save the USPS, it’s easy to see how those cuts would affect service in our community.

http://www.mediaite.com/online/report-u-s-postal-service-will-be-forced-to-shutdown-this-winter-without-a-bailout/

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Friday September 9, through Sunday, September 11, 2011

BINGO — Friday  from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

PLYMOUTH TASTE FEST — Friday 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

CAR SHOW — Saturday and Sunday

CRAFT SHOW — Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to dusk, and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST — Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

ROTARY SPAGHETTI DINNER — Saturday, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

ROTARY BBQ — Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Don’t forget the carnival and entertainment at the stages (Kellogg Park and Old Village)

 

 

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The Plymouth Fall Festival is right around the corner.  If you’ve been a long-time reader of this blog — there are 2 or 3 of you — you might remember that Fall Festival is my favorite of all of Plymouth’s major festivals or gatherings.

Maybe I like it because it’s a beautiful time of year.  Art in the Park can be too hot and the Plymouth Ice Festival (if all goes well for the sculptors) can be too cold.  Fall Festival is just right in terms of weather, which means I’m more likely to stay longer.

I’m not one for carnivals, but we do have fun on some of the rides.  What I like best are the charity breakfasts and dinners.  Sunday chicken dinner is my favorite.  I’m getting hungry thinking about it.

If you want info on this year’s upcoming festival, check out the link.

http://www.plymouthfallfestival.com/

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