Community calendar


ParkFest takes place tonight

PENDLETON — Stella Luna and the Satellites will perform at the annual ParkFest concert fundraiser for Falls Park, set for 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at Barnhart Field in Pendleton’s Falls Park.

The event is BYOP — bring your own picnic. People are invited to bring food, drink, chairs and blankets. A BYOP contest will award prizes for the best decorated space (judging from 6:15 to 6:30 p.m.).

Other activities returning this year include: Chalk the Walk contest conducted by Pendleton Heights High School art students; and a children’s activity area run provided by Drug Free South Maridson County Coalition.

Tickets for people 11 and older cost $15 and are available at A “FestPack” package of four tickets costs $50. (Click the blue ‘Packages Available’ button at the website.)

There is no entry fee for those 10 and younger.

ParkFest 2023 T-shirts will be sold during the event, $10 for children, $20 adults.

Rain date for ParkFest is Sept. 10.

Parking will be available near Falls Bark Dog Park, YMCA and Alvin D. Brown Memorial Swimming Pool. VIP and parking for people with disabilities is available at the Falls Park office. Golf cart parking is available off Water Street.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Falls Park amphitheater project.

For more details, visit

Fair to offer shopping, entertainment

PENDLETON — Pendleton Heritage Fair, organized by Friends of Falls Park, is set for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, and Saturday, Sept. 9 in Falls Park near the Community Building.

New this year are the antique tractor and engine show and petting zoo.

There will be 160 vendors offering a range of goods, including a variety of arts and crafts.

Live music is scheduled for the shelter by the Community Building, with one show set for the gazebo:


10-noon — Silver Strummers — mountain dulcimer group

1-3 p.m. — Sweet Country and the Dog Biscuits — county/gospel/folk music

4-6 — Emily Ann Thompson with Kel — Celtic (fiddle) duo


10-noon — Mountain Laurel — bluegrass

1-3 p.m. — Cliff Ritchey — indie folk

1-3 p.m. (at gazebo) — Sweet Country and the Dog Biscuits — county/gospel/folk music

4-6 p.m. — Rock Bottom Boys of Madison County — bluegrass

There is no entry charge for the fair, but parking to the east of the event area costs $5.

Fall Festival offers food, market area

PENDLETON — Pendleton Fall Festival, organized by Pendleton Business Association, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9.

The festival will feature more than 80 vendors, with many of them located in the parking lot at the southeast corner of Pendleton Avenue and State Street.

Vendors also will be located on a portion of Pendleton Avenue that will be closed to traffic, which include a block north of State Street, and south of State Street to the first alley.

There will be a wide variety of food available, including traditional American options, chicken and pork kebabs, Filipino fare and specialty drinks.

Among the vendors, there are several bakeries as well as clothing boutiques.

Downtown businesses also will be open during the festival.

New this year, to help with parking, will be a shuttle service on Saturday from the parking lots at the Pendleton Elementary School buildings to downtown.

Also, to help people get information on the festival, there will be a QR displayed on signage around the event, so people can scan it with their phones and link directly to heritage fair information and timely announcements.

Quilt show

PENDLETON — Spring Valley Quilt Guild’s Quilts in the Park show will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, to Saturday, Sept. 9, and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at Pendleton Historical Museum in Falls Park.

Quilts in the Park’s goal is to support the museum and promote the love of needlework.

About 100 quilts created by local quilters will be on display inside the museum.

A $5 donation to the museum will be accepted at the door.

There will also be sales — Fabric Frenzy (quilting supplies) and Marketplace (hand-made items) — from Thursday to Saturday, as well as demonstrations:


10 a.m. — Cross Stitching

11 a.m. — Yo-Yo Pumpkins

Noon — Crochet Basics

1 p.m. — 3-D Flowers

2 p.m. — Hand Quilting


10 a.m. — Freezer Paper Piecing

11 a.m. — Cuddle Fabrics

Noon — Scrap Quilting

1 p.m. — Cartonnage

2 p.m. — Hexies

3 p.m. — Fabric Painting

For more details on the quilt show, call Suzie Pierce at 317-750-4001.

Lucky Duck Race Saturday

PENDLETON — Friends of the Pendleton Community Library will conduct its 10th annual Lucky Duck Race at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, near the falls in Falls Park.

Proceeds will benefit library programs and other community projects, such as a collaborative work space at Pendleton Heights High School and chess/checkerboards in the park.

The Friends group is selling chances to enter the race for $5 each.

Yellow rubber ducks are dropped into the creek for a race to determine the winners.

Prizes (a mix of cash and gift cards) are first — $150, second — $100, and third and last duck out — $75.

Orange rubber ducks for event sponsors also race the course. The winner of the sponsor race will receive a six-month membership to Community Sports and Wellness Center.

Ducks are available at the Pendleton Community Public Library circulation desk during regular hours and at a booth at the Heritage Fair until noon Saturday.

Abundance Meal set for Sept. 13

MRKLEVILLE — Christian Women’s Fellowship (C.W.F.) “Comfort Keepers” of the East Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Markleville (East St.Rd.38) plans its monthly “God Abundance Meal” for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, in the lower fellowship hall of the church.

Menu will be Chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, applesauce, assorted desserts and drink (dine in or take out).

The next monthly meal — and last one for 2023 — will be Oct. 11.

The first monthly meal of 2024 is set for April 10.

Chair auction and more

PENDLETON — Pendleton Artists Society’s PAS Chair Affair also is taking place.

Chairs were donated by Anita’s Kitchen. Artists prepared the chairs for painting and have put artwork on them to be auctioned off as a fundraiser for PAS. Winning bids will be announced at the Pendleton Fall Festival at 3 p.m. Sept. 9. Learn more about bidding at

The artists society also offers art classes, including:

• Deco Clay Art Class with Pam Rowley — 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 13. Rowley will teach participants how to make a stemmed sunflower from Deco Clay, which is an air drying clay. Cost for the class is $15 per person with supplies included.

Mommy & Me Art Class: Sea Glass Jewelry — 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 16. The class will use sea glass and learn wire wrapping techniques to create pendants. Both mother and child will make jewelry. Cost is $10 per person

Pottery with Janae Ledbetter — 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 19 and 26, and Oct. 3 and 24. Class will include instruction on hand-building techniques and one experience throwing on the pottery wheel. Cost is $120 and includes supplies.

Jewelry with Tracy Davidson — 1 to 6 p.m. Sept. 24. Class will provide instruction in making Sterling Swallow Earrings. Participants will learn to use the jewelry saw, torch soldering, patina and making ear wires All silver and use of tools are included. Cost is $60.

Children’s Art Classes take place on the second Saturday each month. Each class is independent and will need its own registration.

Register for classes at the gallery, or by phone at 765-778-0986, during regular business hours; or online at

The gallery’s regular hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Legion plans activities

PENDLETON — American Legion Post 117, 611 W. State St., Pendleton, plans the following events — open to members and non-members:

All-you-can-eat wing night is scheduled for 5-8 p.m. Thursdays, with all-you-can-eat wings costing $12

Lunch specials (as well as regular menu) — starting at 11 a.m. weekdays

Treasure Hunt drawing takes place at 7:30 p.m. Fridays

Pool on Sunday — beginning at noon, no charge

People interested in playing on a tournament euchre team or pool team should call or stop by the post and talk to Dave or Haley.

The Legion’s general membership meeting is set for 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday each month.

Public is welcome. Facility is smoke-free.

For more details, call 765-778-7661.

Talks explore county’s history

ANDERSON — Madison County Historical Society Inc. offers a series of “First Sunday” presentations covering the History of Madison County, set for 2 p.m. monthly in the Bowman Room at Museum of Madison County History, 11 W. 11th St., Anderson.

Madison County Historian Stephen T. Jackson delivers the presentations, which provide an overview of Madison County’s history through historical highlights.

Presentations run about an hour each and are free.

Following the presentation, at about 3 p.m., Jackson will sign his book “Historic Events in a County Called Madison: The 20th Century.” This book and others will be available to purchase.

The remaining talks are set for:

Oct. 1: Stony Creek Township

Nov. 5: Madison County

For more details, call Madison County Historical Society at 765-683-0052.

For columns based on previous talks, visit

The historical society presents “A Night On The Titanic” at 7 p.m. Oct. 23. Reservations are required by Oct. 20.

Lapel Lions Club plans fish fry

LAPEL — Lapel Lions Club will play host to its 76th annual all-you-can-eat fish fry from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15 and 16, at the club, 329 S. Main St., Lapel.

The fish meal for people 10 an older costs $12 and includes fish, a choice of two side dishes and a drink. The meal for people 9 and younger costs $5 (not all-you-can-eat).

Sandwiches (including fish, hot dog, tenderloin) and desserts will also be available for a charge.

There will be entertainment on Saturday beginning at about 6 p.m.

There will also be a drawing for raffle tickets. First prize is $300, second is $100 and third is $50.

Park group seeks photos for calendar

PENDLETON — Friends of Falls Park is creating a 2024 calendar of seasonal photos of the park, showcasing photos submitted by the public.

For a photo to be considered for the calendar, it must be:

Taken with a high-resolution camera

Taken on a park property

Submitted in JPEG format to [email protected] with “Calendar photo” in subject line

Photos also should not include identifiable faces.

The submission deadline is Sept. 30.

Photo credits will be given for photos that are selected for the calendar.

Limited quantities will be available for purchase beginning Nov. 11 at Christmas in Pendleton (at the Friends of Falls Park booth).

Proceeds from calendar sales will benefit the Hometown Christmas in Falls Park fund.

Class of 1978 reunion planned

PENDLETON — Pendleton Heights High School Class of 1978 is planning its 45-year reunion for Sept. 16.

Classmates seeking more information are asked to email [email protected].

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