1. Harvest Homecoming opening ceremony and parade
When: opening ceremony, 10:30 a.m.; parade at noon
Where: opening ceremony at Seventh and Spring streets; parade begins at New Albany High School, 1020 Vincennes St.
A ceremony with music kicks-off the festivities for this year’s Harvest Homecoming. The parade will begin at noon at New Albany High School and end at the intersection of Bank and Elm streets near the Carnegie Center. In line with the bicentennial celebration of historic New Albany, the theme for this year’s festival is “Harvest of History.” Sherry Scribner Brown is returning to the city her great-great-great-great grandfather Joel helped put on the map 200 years ago. Brown, along with 12 other Scribner descendants, will serve as grand marshals for the annual Harvest Homecoming parade. New Albany was founded in July 1813 by three brothers from Albany, N.Y. — Joel, Abner and Nathaniel Scribner, so what better way to celebrate the city’s bicentennial and the kick-off of one of the region’s largest festivals than by having their descendants participate in the parade.
2, Blessing of the pets [Two events combined into one Top 5 entry!]
Where: Jacobs Chapel United Methodist Church, 4725 Charlestown Road, New Albany [6 to 8 p.m. today]; First Presbyterian Church, 222 Walnut St., Jeffersonville [5 p.m. Sunday]
From 6 to 8 p.m. today, Jacobs Chapel United Methodist Church will be celebrating a service of Blessing of the Pets. In this special service, the church will remember that God created and cares about our pets as well as the rest of creation. The service will take place is the shelter house next to the church parking lot. It’s a casual service so pets need not be in dresses and ties. All pets are welcome. Jacobs Chapel will also be collecting supplies for the New Albany-Floyd County Animal Shelter. Donations will be accepted along with paper towels, bleach, liquid dish soap, liquid laundry soap, peanut butter, gently used towels and blankets, dog/cat toys, and dog/cat collars. For more information, call 812-944-8017 or visit our website at jacobschapel.com.
A Community Blessing of the Animals will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 222 Walnut St., Jeffersonville. Bring your animals, on leashes or in cages, for a brief, fun service. Bug juice and animal crackers will be served afterward. Contact the First Presbyterian Church office for more information at 812-283-8606.
3. 57th annual St. James Court Art Show
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Between Magnolia Street on the north, Hill Street on the south, Third Street on the east and Sixth Street on the west, Louisville
Admission: Free [no pets]
The St. James Court Art Show is a juried fine arts and fine crafts show that hosts an impressive 750 artists from North America. Held in the heart of historic Old Louisville among the country’s largest collection of Victorian homes, the St. James Court Art Show has for more than five decades provided the neighborhood, city and state with a rich cultural and artistic legacy. Proceeds from the show continue to allow St. James Court Association and Belgravia Court Association to fund ongoing grounds upkeep and neighborhood beautification efforts. Additionally, Fourth Street Association has utilized Art Show proceeds to fund the installation of new benches, urns and trash bins along Fourth Street. Art show proceeds also funded the Linear Park at Third and Hill streets and installation of period street lights. [stjamescourtartshow.com]
4. American Classics Car Show and annual food/toy drive
When: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday
Where: McDonald’s, 102 Enterprise Way, Sellersburg
Admission: Free [bring cans of food and/or new toys for raffle entry]
American Classics Car Club of Southern Indiana will be holding our its canned food drive to benefit the Speed Community Church Food Pantry and also its annual toy drive to benefit the Sellersburg Police Department’s Shop with a Cop program. Bring four canned goods or one new toy and you will receive a ticket for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate. Eight canned goods equals 2 tickets; 2 new toys equals 2 tickets and so on. The club will also donate $1,000 to the Ronald McDonald House in Louisville. [www.accarclubsouthernindiana.com/Pages/default.aspx]
5. Costume and wardrobe sale
When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: Derby Dinner Playhouse, 525 Marriott Drive, Clarksville
Derby Dinner Playhouse is having a costume/prop sale located in the parking lot directly behind the playhouse. Items for sale will be outfits and costume pieces from shows and stock, as well as men’s/women’s clothing. Also for sale will be wigs, shoes, accessories, some small hand props, a few choice set and furniture pieces, and more. Come by the playhouse and rummage through the many costumes and clothing that have accumulated over the years.